When news about the local outbreak of infectious pneumonia of an unknown etiology hit headlines in December 2019, most here in Kenya viewed this with skepticism. Never would we have imagined that what we thought was just a small localized infection was in fact a global health pandemic spreading its tentacles around the world. Never would we have imagined that there would be a new surge here thanks to the travel that continued in and out of the Nairobi airport from Asia and Europe well after the warning signs suggested it should be closed to stem the pandemic’s spread. Never would we have imagined its devastating effects on our families, our health, our livelihood, our basic survival.
As naturally happens in organizations, this spring, IDF went through a set of staff transitions. Lina Cañon, our former Associate Grants Manager, moved on to become the Associate Director at Chica Project here in Boston. And Katie Bunten-Wamaru, our Program Partner, became the Executive Director for the African Visionary Fund. While we were sad to have them leave IDF, we are excited to continue partnering with Katie and Lina in their new roles and wish them all the best.
Despite the challenge of COVID-19, we successfully hired three new team members in early summer and are excited to introduce you to them. Please join me in welcoming Katinka Hakuta, Leah Hong, and Sheila Leddy. Katinka comes to IDF from the DentaQuest Partnership and prior to that worked in communications and policy in public health focused organizations. Leah Hong comes to us from the Letters Foundation and has a background in social work. Prior to IDF, Sheila worked with the Fledgling Fund supporting organizations at the intersection of film, storytelling and social justice.
We are thrilled to be back at full capacity! To learn more about our new colleagues and the IDF Team, please visit Our Team page.
Girl Child, who were you before the world told you who you should be? Watch a short video to understand the “mountain” we still need to move.
We hope this finds you safe and healthy wherever you have been sheltering.
If you are reading this, you may be a friend in the network of the Imago Dei Fund (IDF), the Institute for Faith and Gender Empowerment (IFAGE), and/or someone we have been in touch with about an initiative we piloted last year, and are relaunching this fall, called The Girl Child & Her Long Walk to Freedom: Putting Faith to Work Through Love to Break Ancient Chains.
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The more things change, the more we need to come together. Much has changed for all of us over the last few months. But one thing has remained the same: Our collective commitment to creating a world where no person is bought, sold or exploited. While we cannot come together in person this May for the World Without Exploitation National Convening, we can continue to connect, collaborate and learn from one another. Because facilitating connection is what World Without Exploitation is all about.